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Subject Lead: Miss Laura Watson 

At Stanley Park Infants’ School, we believe that for all our children to become fluent readers and writers, phonics must be taught through a systematic and structured phonics programme. We use the Read Write Inc program to plan and provide daily engaging and active phonics lessons. In phonics, we teach children that the letters of the alphabet represent a different sound, that these can be used in a variety of ways and are put together to make words. The children learn to recognise all the different sounds and combinations that they might see when they are reading or writing. Our phonics teaching starts in Nursery with Phase One Phonics and follows a very specific sequence that allows our children to build on their previous phonic knowledge and master specific phonic strategies as they move through school. As a result, all children can tackle any unfamiliar words that they might discover by segmenting and blending the phonemes (sounds) contained in them. At SPIS, we also model these strategies in shared reading and writing both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on the development of language for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects. 

How we teach Phonics 

At SPIS we 

  • Teach children that phonics helps us to read and write. 

  • Use the Read Write Inc scheme to teach the phonemes and graphemes involved in phonics, including the associated pictures and rhymes. 

  • Follow the Letters and Sounds progression to ensure curriculum coverage. 

  • Include an active element to all lessons that ensures participation for all learners. 

  • Teach Phonics in small groups which are streamed from the end of Reception. 

  • Regularly assess children’s phonics knowledge to inform our planning and teaching. 

  • Use decodable books that are linked to their phonics knowledge so that children can directly apply their new knowledge and phonic skills at an appropriate level. (We use books from a range of schemes such as Oxford Songbirds, Ruth Miskin, Ditty books). 

  • Invite all parents to attend phonics, reading and writing workshops to support their children with the development of their child’s phonics skills. 

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